Patriot softball goes 7-1 for the week

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Matteoli throws no-hitter

By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

With seven wins in eight games last week, Holly Smith’s St. Catharine College softball team improved its record to 16-10. More importantly, two of the wins (against Cumberlands) were conference contests which kept the Patriots atop the standings with a 4-0 record.

“We hadn’t been hitting the ball, so we just took batting practice every day,” said Smith. “And when we start hitting we play well in all parts of the game. Our pitching is better and we play better defense.”

The Patriots played well in all aspects of the game Tuesday against the visiting University of the Cumberlands. They took game one 7-1 as Sharonda Mangan allowed just four hits in picking up the victory and also helped her cause with a home run. Megan Cheuvront had two hits and Amber Matteoli had three RBI’s.

Matteoli equaled Mangan’s first-game performance as she pitched six innings in an 8-1 win and also homered. Mangan homered again and had three RBI’s. “I am very proud of the effort that I have gotten from these young ladies. I am very excited to be 4-0 in the conference.  Our pitching from start to finish, including freshman Katelin Mulloy (who relieved Matteoli), was outstanding today.” 

Thursday and Friday the Patriots traveled to West Virginia Tech for four games. Although Tech is in the conference, the four-game set was non-conference action as the Bears will visit St. Catharine later in the season for the conference contests. On Thursday the Patriots won 14-3 and 7-5. Mary Kate Hayes had three hits in the opener and Mangan was the winning pitcher and again homered. In game two, Matteoli picked up the win in relief of Mulloy who went two innings. Kasie Prather had two hits including a home run. Matteoli, Jessica Ricketts and Laura Mattingly had two hits each.

Friday started with Matteoli pitching her second career no-hitter as the Patriots won game one, 10-0. The sophomore right-hander from Ryle High School struck out eight and walked one. Justine Paddock had two hits while Nicole Mills also had two hits, including a homer.

Mangan allowed four hits in five innings in Friday’s second game, won 9-2 by the Patriots. Mulloy allowed one hit in two innings of relief.

Paddock had three hits and a home run. Mills and Brooke Thompson each had two hits.

“I am very excited about Amber Matteoli pitching another no-hitter,” said Smith.  “That is something that is very rare and she has done it twice in two years here at St. Catharine.  I think all of our pitchers have that ability.  We are pitching pretty well right now.  These were fantastic wins.”

The Patriots notched another win Sunday when they beat Goshen College (Indiana) in a game played in Campbellsville. They used a big six-run seventh inning to pull away from a 4-3 lead and held on for a 10-6 win. Matteoli got the win with six innings of work in which she fanned 12 batters. Casey Crouch delivered three hits in the 14-hit attack for the Patriots.

In Sunday’s second game, played at Lindsey Wilson College against Union College, the Patriots saw their seven-game winning streak snapped as they fell to the Bulldogs, 9-5. Mangan took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Cheuvront, Hayes and Mills all had two hits in the loss.

The Patriots return to conference play Saturday when they visit the University of the Cumberlands for a doubleheader. Sunday they return home to host IU Southeast in a twin bill starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday they are at Pikeville for another conference doubleheader.